Admissions - Special admissions schemes

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants - domestic applicants only
  2. Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only
  3. PhD or master's by research applicants

1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants - domestic applicants only

Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry

Please see the Double Degree Medicine page for details.

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

Applicants must have completed a previous degree or be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree to be considered. Sydney Medical School has no “pre-medicine” course, so must rely on applicants’ performance in their previous degree to indicate their tertiary level study skills. These are fundamental to success in the program. In general, the applicants’ GPA (as calculated by the UAC) should be at least 4.5, but applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high level skills.

Applicants must have sat their GAMSAT examination. It is preferred that applicants have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT, and in particular that they have passed the GAMSAT III (science) paper. However applicants may still be considered eligible for admission if this result is not achieved.

The “two-year” rule requiring students to have completed their previous degree with at least two years in their awarding institution will be waived.

Applicants who are deemed eligible for interview will be required to attend an additional interview as part of the MMI process.

The University will accept one of the following forms of proof of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent as specified in the Confirmation of Aboriginality Policy 2014:

  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by the chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Land Council, in whose area the person lives or has previously lived; or
  • a letter stamped with the common seal and signed by a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, such as the Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Legal Service; or
  • Where records are not available, a person’s Aboriginality may be confirmed by a statutory declaration from the individual, declaring that they identify as and are known as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Please refer to the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 for the required statutory declaration.

Note: Proof of receipt of Abstudy will not be accepted as confirmation.

Applicants must upload the required document to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not provide the appropriate document, your application will be processed as a standard application and not via the special admissions scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants should contact Dr Lilon Bandler for more information and support. Please call +61 2 9036 7577 or email .

Please see the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 for further details.

2. Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

Facilitated entry is available for applicants who certify that they are of rural origin. An applicant is defined to be of rural origin if he or she has lived in an ASGC-RA 2-5 area for at least five years since the beginning of primary school.

ASGC-RA refers to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area. The Remoteness Area classifications are:

  • RA1 - Major cities of Australia
  • RA2 - Inner regional Australia
  • RA3 - Outer regional Australia
  • RA4 - Remote Australia
  • RA5 - Very remote Australia.

To determine if you are from an eligible area use the ASGC look-up tool.

Proof of Rural Origin

Applicants of rural origin will be required to sign a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background. Please refer to the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 for the required statutory declaration.

You must upload the required statutory declaration, with other required documents, to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not upload the statutory declaration, your application will be processed as a standard application and not via the special admissions scheme for Rural Origin applicants.

Refer to the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 for further details.

3. PhD or master's by research applicants

Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry

Applicants who have been awarded a PhD or a master’s degree by research* from a recognised institution at the time of application, and who have met the minimum GAMSAT/MCAT result requirements will be considered eligible for interview regardless of their bachelor’s degree GPA.

Proof of award of the PhD or master's degree by research must be provided at the time of application, or the application will be processed as a standard application and not via the special admissions scheme for PhD and master's degree by research applicants.

No extra points will be added to the total final score of applicants with a PhD.

The PhD or master's degree by research must have been conferred less than 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Medicine (i.e. for 2016 entry, an applicant's PhD or master's degree by research must not be conferred earlier than 1 January 2006).

*Some master’s degrees by research or PhDs may require a limited amount of coursework. For the purpose of admission to the MD at the University of Sydney, the research component of your PhD or master’s degree must comprise two thirds or more of the overall course requirements. Proof of award must indicate that the degree met this requirement.

Future admissions cycles:

Beyond 2016 entry, the special admissions scheme for applicants with a PhD or a master's by research will no longer be available. These applicants will apply and have their eligibility assessed in accordance with the standard admissions criteria for the MD (unless they qualify under another special admissions scheme).


Note

Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Doctor of Medicine. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.